The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Case Farms Processing Inc. in Winesburg, Ohio with 61 violations, according to OHSOnline.com. Case Farms processes chickens. The violations cited supposedly lead to an ammonia release at the facility on June 30.
“Case Farms Chicken has a legal responsibility to follow established process safety management standards to ensure its workers are properly protected from known workplace safety and health hazards,” said Deb Zubaty, OSHA Director in Columbus. “Failing to ensure protection through appropriate equipment maintenance, training, and adherence to OSHA regulations demonstrates a lack of regard for employees’ well-being. OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so.”
The fines total $288,000. Twenty-six of the 61 violations are categorized as “serious.” Nineteen of the serious violations are related to process safety management standards. Employees were exposed to ammonia and other potentially hazardous chemicals.
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